Depression Pie

AKA - Pinto Pie - This is a neat recipe. Probably from the south. Definitely discovered or made popular during the great depression. I'm not sure this exact recipe would have been used by the poorest of families, but at the very least a variation of it. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And well when all you have is beans, you find a way to make them go down and stay there. As funny as that may sound, eating beans day after day gets difficult, and you find yourself choking them down or going without because you can't stomach it. Well at some point a very creative mama came up with a way to help with that. Here is the recipe:

Pinto Bean Pie

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs beaten
1/3 cup butter
1 heaping cup mashed, cooked pinto beans
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
whipped topping or ice cream
Beat until creamy the granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and butter. Add pinto beans; blend well. Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 375 deg. for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 deg. and bake an additional 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve with whipped topping or a scoop of ice cream. Optionally you could add a cup of walnuts or pecans. This will give it more of a pecan pie taste.

 Now, thinking in true desperation mode, you can cut back up to half of the sugar and it will still be palatable, serve without toppings, and use any wild harvested nuts. This is the way things were done, making do with what they had.

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